Head coach Yvette Healy writes about celebrating Thanksgiving and the four C's of leadership in this week's Badger Blog.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. There was a lot of cooking in the Healy house the last few weeks. We had the team over for a party a week ago. My husband Shawn and I had fun cooking beef sandwiches and baked pasta for the team and our staff. My four year old daughter Grace got to choose dessert, so we made waffle cone sundae's with the team.
We had a house full of friends come up for the Ohio State football game right after that. It was our second tough overtime game this fall.
Then we hosted Thanksgiving with my family in Madison. Grace and I made a few homemade apple pies and gingerbread cake pops ... both super messy, but fun. Shawn grilled a Cajun turkey outside and I did a turkey and stuffing in the oven. It was sunny and 60 all week for Thanksgiving. We had a blast playing football in the backyard while we cooked. I even got the iPad out and videotaped my nieces and nephews swings with our new Dartfish video analysis app.
We spend the rest of the weekend watching sports, and getting ready for the Holidays. We even did Christmas cookies with Santa on Sunday. We got a great photo with Santa and our daughters Maeve, who's five months old already, and Grace, who's four years old.
We leave this week for our NFCA coach's convention in Orlando, Fla. We're all looking forward to getting some new ideas and drills while finding time to catch up and connect with friends and mentors. Next week will be our last week to workout with our team before they start to prepare for finals, and then its Christmas break.
We had a short chalk talk on leadership yesterday. Jeff Jansen has a ton of great information that we use on team leadership. Wisconsin softball has made great strides the last few years regarding team commitment. I see our athletes dedicating themselves to the team and working extremely hard, especially in the weight room. We're stronger and more fit than ever before. Working hard is a great first step in developing leadership. We spent yesterday talking about the next big stride we need to make internally.
Jeff Jansen talks about the four C's of leadership; Character, Commitment, Confidence and Composure.
We have amazing young women here at the University of Wisconsin. Their character is so impressive, as evidenced by all of the community service and outreach that our student-athletes do. Our commitment to hard work has gone up exponentially too.
Now the jump we need to see revolves around confidence and composure. Our squad has been young the last few years, and we've gone through some growing pains. With age and experience, needs to come more confidence and composure. We challenged our squad to focus on accountability and ownership yesterday.
This season could be a memorable one for the entire Badger softball family if we can translate our character and commitment into confidence and composure as we battle adversity and injuries, face a tough schedule and fight for a Big Ten championship!